FireAngel continues to work proactively to ensure a smooth transition and continuity of supply for our
customers based in the EU from January 1st 2021, when the current transition period under the
Withdrawal Agreement ends.
Should the UK exit without a formal agreement, there would be an immediate change to the way
businesses trade with the EU. Customs formalities would be required and import duty and VAT may apply
in the destination EU country according to WTO rules.
We have established a logistics and distribution solution within the Netherlands to serve all our European
customers. This has avoided any significant disruption to EU export flows as our goods will be delivered
directly into the Netherlands from our suppliers, for onward distribution across Europe.
We have planned for potential delays to UK and EU import flows from our Key Supply Partner in Poland
through increased buffer stocks. Increased pressure and rising costs on imports from the Far East are
expected until Chinese New Year, and potentially beyond, due to COVID-19. We have planned additional
buffers to try and counteract any significant interruption to UK and EU import flows from our Key Supply
Partners in China.
For those of our products which fall under 305/2011 Construction Products Regulation 2011, specifically
smoke alarms, we have successfully transitioned our product licences from UK to EU registered Notified
Bodies (NB) ensuring that we comply with the requirements for CE marking and in turn ensure continuity
of supply to our customers based in the EU leading up to and beyond 1st January 2021. We have
appointed an Authorised Representative based within the EU to act on our behalf and to undertake
specified tasks with regards to manufacturer's obligations under the relevant Union harmonisation
Under the terms of the current Withdrawal Agreement, goods lawfully marked with the CE mark and
placed on the EU market before the end of the transition period (1st January 2021) can continue to
circulate until they reach their end user.
This includes requirements that they:
- are covered by a harmonised European standard, which is the same as a UK designated standard
(as noted above)
- are affixed with CE marking
- are accompanied by a manufacturer’s declaration of performance
- have been assessed by an EU-recognised notified body, where third party assessment is required